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Westlo 2013-07-09 06:52

A-1 Pictures: Studio discussion, speculation, and whatnot.
I was going to post an excerpt from an interview with A-1's president Masuo Ueda at Anime Expo, but we didn't have an A-1 thread, so here it is.

A-1 History from Wiki


The studio was established by SMEJ's animation production division, Aniplex, on May 9, 2005, to animate its anime series and productions. In 2006, it co-produced the original production Zenmai Zamurai, and in October of the same year, established a studio in Asagaya. In the following year, 2007, the studio produced its first series, Ōkiku Furikabutte.

Originally established to oversee the production of only a few of Aniplex's family-oriented series, the studio has since grown and expanded as a full fledged studio involved in the production of a wide range of media and anime productions and other activities, which it has overseen.
Selected works from A-1 Pictures


Ōkiku Furikabutte


Persona: Trinity Soul
Birdy the Mighty: Decode
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens


Birdy the Mighty: Decode 2
Valkyria Chronicles
Fairy Tail


Sora no Oto
Ōkiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~
Senkou no Night Raid
Kuroshitsuji II
Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin
Togainu no Chi
Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW (Movie)


Blue Exorcist
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%


Space Brothers
Sword Art Online
Shinsekai yori
Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic


Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
Vividred Operation
OreNo 2
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 2000%
Saint☆Young Men (Movie)
Servant x Service
Silver Spoon
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Movie
Galileo Donna
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic 2


Silver Spoon 2
Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda
Fairy Tail 2014
Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin
Sword Art Online II
Aldonah Zero
Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus
Persona 4 The Golden Animation
Space Brothers: Number Zero (Movie)
Kuroshitsuji: Book of Murder (OVA)
Magic Kaito 1412
Nanatsu no Taizai
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (April Is Your Lie)


Aldnoah.Zero Pt 2
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls
Denpa Kyoushi TV
Gunslinger Stratos The Animation
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha Vivid
Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Revolutions
GATE (Summer)
Working!!! (Summer)
Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls Second Series (Summer)
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (Fall)
Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider (Fall)
Glass no Hana to Kowasu Sekai (Movie)
Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda (Movie)


Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Winter)
Doukyuusei (Movie)
Uta no Prince-sama S4 (TBA)
Granblue Fantasy (TBA)

Westlo 2013-07-09 07:08

Masuo Ueda the president of A-1 Pictures was at Anime Expo, did an interview, looks like Aniplex/A-1 want to take a shot @ that Gundam money.


Rivera: What's the strongest combination?

Ueda: We formed the strongest party around with Aniplex and A-1 Pictures.

Rivera: What's the next stage?

Ueda: The next stage of our development is to make something that would supersede Gundam. I think we need digital technology to achieve that. At A-1 we've experimented with a couple of 3D animation technologies. Let's take a look at a couple of those.

Rivera: These are original clips.

[Clips of 3D objects and action scenes are shown]

Ueda: Thank you. 3D needs to be prominent but the most important thing is a good story and plot. I hope we'll be able to show our new original robot animation as soon as possible. Please look forward to it.
Full Interview

More mecha is always welcome in my eyes, looks like they have high ambitions but I guess with AGE dropping the ball there is a gap in the market.

Dextro 2013-07-09 16:44

The problem with discussing A-1 is that the studio is nowhere near consistent. If I'm not mistaken they setup the teams on a per-project basis so there's not much continuity related to the studio itself.

Tougarashi 2013-07-10 08:42

I like A-1 pictures. Shin Sekai Yori, Sword Art Online ,Vidvid red operation are my favourites series from A-1. Aniplex had failures in "Anime no Chikara" experiments but they used that experiences to make break though animes like Anohana and SAO. A-1 was unable to generate profits in the first few years but later they did well enough that A-1 couldn't even accept the works from the Aniplex anymore sometimes because they also accepted the works from third party productions. I'm glad that finally someone make a thread regarding A-1 picture. :)

AbZeroNow 2013-07-10 15:43

I think A-1's reputation has slightly suffered due to how much Magi diverged from the manga and how Alibaba had way more angst and he basically stole the spotlight from Aladdin.

A-1's best is Space Brothers. I recently went from being 10+ episodes behind to only 4 episodes behind(and the Comeback Competition arc was quite good). But of course, Sword Art Online would probably be everyone's go-to example even though SAO is an average show with really good fighting scenes.

Pocari_Sweat 2013-07-12 01:44

When I think of A-1 Pictures, I think of them as JC Staff V2.0. Large studio, backed up by a huge sponsor (Aniplex), very high volume of output and quality ranging from mediocre to great. Production qualities also vary quite a lot. On the whole, in terms of "commercialized" studios goes, I can't say I'm not happy with A-1 on the whole. For every "cash-cow" or popular source material adaptation they have something different.

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